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Please help my 2 year old daughter

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  • Posted By: solidsecret15
  • April 15, 2011
  • 02:48 PM

Hey all,first off let me start by saying that I'm looking for possible suggestions as to what may be wrong with my daughter,she's two almost 3,and I'm going to give as much information as possible(some of which may be completely irreleavant)So please bear with me as any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

My daughter is developmentally delayed,and didn't start walking until she was almost 2,she's been walking for almost a year now,but walks very unsteady(almost as if drunk) and loses her balance quite often(it's not unusually for her to just be standing somewhere and just fall for no reason whatsoever)

She talks,but says very few words,she probably said close to 40-50 words at one point or another,but currently seems to be using only several words(Ocassionally thank you,cup,and mommy,oh and of course no and no way,that's about all I've heard recently)she does alot of pointing

her mood is generally very good,she's a very pleasant girl,while doesn't seem to care much for playing with other kids(she will play beside and almost mimic them though)and she does enjoy playing alot with me(meaning I highly doubt autism is a possibility)

Around October of this year she has started having mini-seizures(IMostly the type where her eyes will roll back in her head for 2-6 seconds before she'll snap out of it,usually returning to what she's doing,although she does occasionally seem aware of what just happened and fusses.occasionally I've seen a seizure where she'll stare off for as long as 30 seconds and will not respond or even blink)she is on valproic acid for the seizures,and they are controlled fairly well now.

Her immune system seems to be poor as she's been sick at least 5 times this past winter,although she's had plenty of blood work done and everything seems to be fine in that area...

any ideas would be greatly appreciated,also I was wondering if anyone thinks cerebral palsy is a possibility?Please help,thanks!

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  • Hey all,first off let me start by saying that I'm looking for possible suggestions as to what may be wrong with my daughter,she's two almost 3,and I'm going to give as much information as possible(some of which may be completely irreleavant)So please bear with me as any ideas would be greatly appreciated. My daughter is developmentally delayed,and didn't start walking until she was almost 2,she's been walking for almost a year now,but walks very unsteady(almost as if drunk) and loses her balance quite often(it's not unusually for her to just be standing somewhere and just fall for no reason whatsoever) She talks,but says very few words,she probably said close to 40-50 words at one point or another,but currently seems to be using only several words(Ocassionally thank you,cup,and mommy,oh and of course no and no way,that's about all I've heard recently)she does alot of pointing her mood is generally very good,she's a very pleasant girl,while doesn't seem to care much for playing with other kids(she will play beside and almost mimic them though)and she does enjoy playing alot with me(meaning I highly doubt autism is a possibility) Around October of this year she has started having mini-seizures(IMostly the type where her eyes will roll back in her head for 2-6 seconds before she'll snap out of it,usually returning to what she's doing,although she does occasionally seem aware of what just happened and fusses.occasionally I've seen a seizure where she'll stare off for as long as 30 seconds and will not respond or even blink)she is on valproic acid for the seizures,and they are controlled fairly well now. Her immune system seems to be poor as she's been sick at least 5 times this past winter,although she's had plenty of blood work done and everything seems to be fine in that area... any ideas would be greatly appreciated,also I was wondering if anyone thinks cerebral palsy is a possibility?Please help,thanks!Ask about Dandy Walker Syndrome....It effects the area of the brain that controls balance and coordination, and seizures can be a part of that diagnosis. Diagnosis is usually made with an MRI or CT Scan of the head. The staring seizures are called absence seizures, and when she just falls, are called drop seizures. Drop seizures occur in the part of the brain where language and speaking are managed, and that could explain the difference in her vocabulary. I hope this helps. Good Luck!
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  • Hi, It could be Autism or Asperger's thou its hard to say yet as it wont be noticable if her social skills are normal or not with others, till she gets older. It is normal for very young children to want to play alone. If she has a seizure issue.. that may cause her loss of balance issue or cause her to fall down... with Autism thou.. clumbiness is a symptom of it so loosing balance may happen, walking or running strangely may also happen. (I have asperger's and have a strange run). People on Autism spectrum may be slow to talk. Asperger's people may start off talking okay but then get a regression of speech in their early years and may even stop talking. Seizures are more common in Autism then then non Autistic people. My Aspie daughter used to get the same kind of seizures you are describing. Austism people may get more colds then normal people.. but what you are describing there isnt uncommon in young children who can get a lot of colds anyway. She may play with you even if she has Asperger's. Mimicing is common in Asperger's but also common in your daughters age. I think you should keep an open mind of her possibly having Asperger's but its too early to say, she may just be a slow learner... you should be able to tell in the next few years. (schools can miss diagnosing Asperger's.. if she still has issues once she's at school, I strongly suggest to take her to an Autism expert if she's having issues with her socialisation, making friends and other asperger's behaviour).
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  • I just wanted to add that my daughter grew out of her seizures or something. She had first one within mths of her birth and her last one around the age of 2 (she doesnt take meds). Possibly your daughters seizures may stop too.
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